New PM Articles for the Week of December 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and CEO of Red Hat Software, explains what he learned from giving up everything he knew about being a leader. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Also: I received feedback from Reddit member dennythecoder, who said that the hyperlinks on my pages were too hard to read. As of this week, I’ve changed the color scheme. Please let me know in the comments if this makes things better or worse.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark Muro and Robert Maxim go a bit deeper into the story of GM’s coming layoffs: digitalization will lead to a very different automaker workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Wilson assess the biggest challenge for engineers working on self-driving cars: the user experience. The targets are mundane, familiar, and non-threatening. 14 minutes to read.
  • Will Knight summarizes a report from AI Now Institute which identifies facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.
  • Tessa Sproule advocates for making ethics much more visible in our decisions about artificial intelligence—even to the point of bringing in ethicists. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has released three new reports on how disruptive technologies are impacting the project management profession. 3 minutes to read this quick overview.
  • Ben Howard provides a detailed tutorial on how to import a list of tasks from Excel into MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the cost-benefit justification of having a project manager dedicated to a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton proposes an eight-step process for decision making, pulling influences from four widely-used methodologies. 10 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen explain how vendor management fits into project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer rounded up a few appropriate holiday gifts for the project managers on your shopping list (or you can print it out and leave it for your Significant Other). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from current trends in corporate transformation to lessons learned from Nextflix’ failures to a team charter workshop. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Creenaune describes the management approach taken for a truly enormous software engineering project—rearchitecting Confluence and Jira to be stateless, multi-tenant cloud applications. 15 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Anne-Marie Charrett makes the point that quality is an emergent behavior of complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
  • Edyta Korona and Arjun Saksena interview Rich Mironov on the evolution of tech product management Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Llewellyn Falco lays out a process for identifying root causes and correcting the problems that allowed a bug to be created in the first place. 3 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi notes that, in testing. There’s more going on than what gets typed in at the keyboard. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from false dichotomies to meeting dysfunctions to setting and achieving business goals. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell shares the key insights from General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mercedes Thomas gives us a tight but thorough explanation of quantum computing, from entangled states to superposition to interference. 11 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins shares an infographic giving brief explanations of 24 common cognitive biases. Maybe 5 minutes to read, if you don’t keep Googling …
  • Paramita Ghosh predicts the top ten data management trends to expect in 2019. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted a career planner in PDF format to help you plan for 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides her guidance on keeping remote colleagues feel connected during the holiday season. 6 minutes to read.
  • Simon Knight shares his techniques for working remotely as effectively as possible. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Erin Meyer explains the concept of a culture map, showing similarities and differences among cultural behaviors. As organizations become more global, understanding cultural differences can be a key to success. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Irving considers the business impact of the aging population and the possibility of five generations in the workforce. 12 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Chakhoyan reports on deep fakes—undetectable forged videos of people doing outrageous things—as a threat to democracy. Of course, they could also be used in commercial competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alison Schrager notes the downside of Amazon’s selection of New York and Crystal City as the sites of their headquarters expansion: smaller cities might have benefitted more. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Susan Irwin explains agility in project management, from the perspectives of both the project manager and project management processes. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive view of ITSM and ITIL, concluding with a brief interview with Ivor MacFarlane, one of the founders. 12 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho on the increasing need for knowledge management as so many of the Boomers retire. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work. Click on “Play Now” in the upper left to begin.
  • Elise Stevens extols the virtues of saying yes to new opportunities. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman explains how we use ordinal and cardinal numbers in decision analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reviews the basics of project management for those transitioning in from another discipline. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product backlog to creating an experimentation culture to contrasting LeSS and Nexus. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga has been reflecting on the practice of measuring velocity, and he has his doubts. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chou Yang tells us how to maximize the ROI from your investment in test automation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay describes the process of creating technical documentation that actually helps the reader. 12 minutes to read.
  • Konrad Pogorzala shares how his team changed the organizational culture at Siemens Digital Factory to extend the use of agile methods. 3 minutes to read.
  • Geshan Manandhar explains how to use feature flags to deploy code to production that isn’t quite ready for general release. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Frank Sonnenberg considers the consequences of blurring the line between right and wrong. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jordan Gross list seven habits of highly ineffective leaders. 8 minutes to read.
  • Sydney Finkelstein honors the memory of the late Stan Lee as a Super Boss who knew how to spot and develop creative talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shawn Willett analyzes Amazon sales data to identify the most popular leadership books in each of the fifty states and finds eleven winners. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Schawbel recaps research showing that remote workers are less engaged and more likely to quit. 4 minutes to read.
  • Betty-Ann Heggie advocates for laughing in the office, and she has the science to back her up. 3 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth tells us how to apply the lessons of Kahneman and Tversky’s work on the Planning Fallacy. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jennifer Pauli notes nine silly ideas we need to abandon in order to become more productive. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jamey Austin points out six workplace traits that attract and retain smart people and have nothing to do with perks like free beer. 7 minutes to read; 9 over a beer.
  • Mary Jo Asmus refutes the recent claim that people would rather work for a competent jerk than a likable fool. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains a common term encountered in implementation projects: the business blueprint. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell contrasts innovation practices at IBM, Google, and Amazon—three very different firms with very different cultures. There is more than one way to sustained success. 5 minutes to read.
  • Hannah Fry notes the ethical questions of developing applications for cutting-edge technology that might be used for evil purposes. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dave Gershgorn reminds us that companies are responsible for the algorithms that they use. Especially if they display bias. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin notes that the Iron Triangle—Time, Cost, and Quality—are no longer the most significant drivers of whether a project will be perceived as successful. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard helps us diagnose a common problem with MS Project: “I can’t see all of the tasks in my project.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when and how to use an Ishikawa or fishbone diagram for root-cause analysis. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Bails reviews an example of risk mitigation strategy, as practiced at Symcor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes some lessons about project management that we can pick up while shooting pool. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman ilustrates a few of the problems encountered when trying to apply agile software development principles to program management practices. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile collaboration to useful metrics to escaping the feature factory mindset. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Craig Smith interview Michael Feathers on working effectively with legacy code. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Erik Dietrich explains how to determine the level of effort required for “enough” testing for quality assurance, based on your backlog of user stories. 6 minutes to read.
  • Emily Esposito recaps five trends in UX design, from voice-first to emotional design. I can’t keep up! 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga defends his claim that you can demo things that aren’t done, aren’t working, or even not yet started. 6 minutes to read.
  • James Gallagher gives us some pointers for preparing a code review checklist. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from ignoring your customers to startup hires to structuring your OKR’s. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how to empower your employees to make better business decisions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Khalil Smith and colleagues explain how to gracefully exclude colleagues from meetings, Emails, and other marginal uses of their time. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Neema Singh Guliani and Jay Stanley preview the coming battles over US legislation governing data privacy in the wake of California’s groundbreaking new law. 5 minutes to read.
  • Josephine Wolff explains why it’s so hard to punish companies following a data breach, and thus why it will be difficult to craft legislation to regulate it. 5 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Burt notes the potential downside of privacy legislation, arising from another law—the law of unintended consequences. 4 minutes to read.
  • YK Sugi gives us a tutorial on quantum computers. 8 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to interview candidates who will be working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Simone Stoloff notes that, in the future, companies won’t just hire remote employees—they’ll hire remote teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us that a seemingly silly question might just be a poorly phrased request for important information. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!